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Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community!  

As 2019 gets underway, our January issue is filled with news to get you up-to-date: a look forward, and a look back, from Dean Craig C. Hill; a story on the Global eLearning program and its exciting plans to create resources “from the entire world, to the entire world” for theological education; and a look at the Financial Literacy Program. Plus, faculty and student profiles, a chance to meet the incoming group of Perkins Scholars, alumni/ae news and much more.

We hope you’ll enjoy. Let us know if you have news you’d like to share. 
A Message from Dean Hill

A Message from Dean Hill

The beginning of the New Year offers an opportunity to look back and to look forward.  In the midst of his third year as Dean, Craig Hill says he has become acclimated at Perkins – but is also convinced there’s much he never wants to take for granted. “There is comfort in such familiarity but also some danger, that one might begin to take good things for granted and start to overlook new possibilities and perspectives,” he writes. Read his full message below.

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Global Theological Education

Global Theological Education Project

With the Global Theological Education Virtual Visiting Professor project, Perkins is helping create “resources from the entire world, to be available to the entire world for theological education” in seminaries as well as Sunday school classes and other groups.

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Maxwell Urbina

Student Spotlight

Maxwell Urbina, an M.Div. student and a Seventh-Day Adventist, believes God brought him to Perkins to learn “that we are still children of God, all worshipping the same God, but from different perspectives.”

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Meet the Perkins Scholars

These students, who arrived at Perkins this fall, represent the latest cohort in this new scholarship program, launched in 2017.


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Advent Worship

Did you miss the Advent worship service this year? Read our recap and watch the full video below. 



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Financial Literacy Program

When theology school students graduate with significant debt loads, that can weigh heavily on their ministries. Perkins’ Financial Literacy Program aims to ease that burden.




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Alyce McKenzie

Faculty Profile

As Professor of Preaching and Worship, Alyce McKenzie teaches preaching, coaches preachers and looks for ways to help pastors preach more effectively. And, she preaches at local churches. 

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December Graduation

Twelve Receive Degrees at December Graduation

Twelve Perkins students received their degrees at SMU’s December 15 Commencement Convocation.



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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni/ae Update

Witnesses at the border, a prophetic voice in Dallas, a police chaplain in Galveston, farewell to servant leaders and other news of Perkins grads.

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Upcoming Events

2019 Bolin Family Public Life Personal Faith
Scholarship Luncheon: February 8

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, will be the featured guest for the 2019 Bolin Family Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom of the Umphrey Lee Student Center on the SMU campus.  Woodruff will be interviewed by Peggy Wehmeyer, former religion correspondent for ABC World News Tonight, on the topic of personal faith in the public square. The Public Life Personal Faith series, inaugurated in 2010, is a fundraising and outreach event of Perkins School of Theology in service to the larger community.  

For more information about the luncheon, visit the website.
 
For table sponsorship and individual ticket information, contact the Office of Development at perkinsgiving@smu.edu or 214-768-2026.

February 16: Houston Lay School of Theology

Houston Lay School of Theology
Dr. Tamara Lewis is featured speaker at the Houston Lay School of Theology on Saturday, February 16 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. in Houston.  Lewis, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Perkins, will teach the daylong course on “Praying with the Desert Fathers and Mothers,” exploring the spiritual riches of the ascetic mothers and fathers of the desert who devoted themselves to worship, prayer, and contemplation of Christ in the deserts of Egypt and Syria. Sponsored by Perkins, The School meets each February and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology, religion and church leadership with faculty from Perkins and guest speakers. 

The program is made possible in part by the Howard-Holbert Endowment at SMU. Read more here and register here.

Inside Perkins: Spring 2019

February 7, March 28 and April 25
Inside Perkins
Spring 2019 “Inside Perkins” events will take place Thursday, February 7; Thursday, March 28; and Thursday, April 25. The events give prospective students the opportunity to visit classes, meet faculty and current students and experience the warmth of the Perkins community. Additional information and registration are available here

March 28-30: Perkins Theological School for the Laity

Theological School for the Laity
Save the date for Perkins Theological School for the Laity, March 28-30, 2019. Featured speakers will include the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and Dr. Andrew Zirschky, assistant professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary and academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Brentwood, Tenn. Each year, hundreds of laypersons come to the campus of Perkins at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for three days of study focused on the Bible, theology and spirituality with Perkins faculty and guest speakers. Additional details and registration information are available at this link.

Click here for a comprehensive look at the Perkins calendar. 

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